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Dear Theo - need advice about moving school

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by SBW2009, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. SBW2009

    SBW2009 New commenter

    Hi
    Thanks for reading this everyone.
    I moved schools in september and i hate my new place. I held the HOD position at my last school and have the same position at my new place but work with very difficult staff and kids.
    I need to move school asap as my health and happiness is so important to me. I can not resign but i have second job now and could just go back to being a teacher with no TLR with cutting down on some extras.
    However, i've applied for 3 jobs now that are just teacher jobs and not had an interview. Thank you for all the advice on letters, but i just can't help wondering if its the fact i'm moving backwards thats holding me up. My head is now getting quite difficult as he knows i'm looking to move on. I've put briefly that i'm looking for different avenues after experiencing HOD roles i feel that this isn't the pathway for me.
    Any advice on how to move forward?
    Thanks again for your time and anyone else who replies.
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    It may be that you do not deal with your "elephant".
    Are you actually coming out with it, are you, in your letter, addressing the issue of moving back? If you just ignore this elephant, then they are likely to think that there's something fishy going on.
    You need to say openly that you are moving back, and say how having been a HoD will make you a better team member and teacher.
    Best wishes
    ___________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I shall be doing the Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th
    www.tesweekendworkshop87.eventbrite.com
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Agree you need to address the problem and say perhaps something along the lines of how youmiss the classroom contact and wish to return to a mors class-based position.
     
  4. SBW2009

    SBW2009 New commenter

    Hi
    Thanks for taking the time to reply
    Yes i have put in one that i felt that i was isolated in developing my creativity due to my role and in a second one i put that i wanted a more specialist role rather than a hod.
    I might extend the paragraph now to go into more detail - its difficult to say that being HOD at my new place has put me off so much that i dread going to school so much i'm at the verge of giving up and working in a different industry.
    Thanks again
     
  5. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    Would you consider applying for AST or lead teacher positions? This could keep you in the classroom but still using the skills you learned as HOD.
    I think a 'reason' is good: when a friend of mine did this, she just indicated that she wanted less responsibility due to having a young family which they must have accepted as she got a job first time x
     
  6. SBW2009

    SBW2009 New commenter

    Hi badger girl
    I don't feel ready to do either of those roles yet but one day.
    I would rather keep my family out of it as they might think i'll be having another one (wishful thinking).
    Just need to get out - its the only thing thats keeping me going is my aim to get out of the place. Sunday night dread is back in force.
     
  7. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    To be honest, I doubt this would make a difference. I had a job interview last week and did think that the fact I'm obviously a female of child-bearing age might prevent me from getting the job because the position came up due to the HOD going on maternity leave and deciding not to return, but it didn't and I was offered the job.
    In any case, you don't need to use your family - just citing my friend as a 'for instance' - but you do need to have something so that they aren't thinking "uh oh, they are leaving under a cloud'!
    Sunday night dread is horrible. I feel for you x
     
  8. SBW2009

    SBW2009 New commenter

    Sorry - i worded my reply harshly. My current place makes so many digs about it, i'm sick of it....
    Thanks again - i'm going to think of some ideas tonight
     
  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Deal with your elephant.
    If you discuss it openly in the letter, they will accept it more easily rather than thinking up some lurid reason for you wanting to move down.
    But what you must absolutely not do - as I know you know - is say anything negative about your current school. No-one likes moaners.
    Best wishes
    ___________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I shall be doing the Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th
    www.tesweekendworkshop87.eventbrite.com
     

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